Emma Sierk

b. 1 August 1872, d. 15 February 1919
  • Emma Sierk was born on 1 August 1872 in Bennington, Wyoming County, New York.
  • Henry Sierk and Elsabe Oldswager appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1880 in Bennington, New York, living next to Elsa's parents.. Other members of the household included Emma Sierk, Jacob Sierk, Marcus Sierk, Anna Sierk, Henry Sierk Jr., Claus Sierk, Ida Sierk, George A. Sierk, Mary Sierk, Lena Sierk, Elsie Frances Sierk, Augusta Sierk, Williiam Sierk and Frederick Sierk. Daughter Ida also was enumerated in Darien Center, where she was employed as a domestic servant.
  • She married Walter Schlenker, son of Martin Schlenker and (?) Mary, on 27 December 1905 in Wyoming County, New York, near Attica, a double wedding with Emma's sister Augusta. And Emma's sister Lena married Walter's brother John in 1890.
  • The following appeared on 28 December 1905 in The Daily News: At the home of Henry Sierk yeterday, three miles south of Attica, his two younger daughters were married, Miss Augusta to Charles Johnson of Bennington and Emma to Walter Schlenker, an Attica widower whose 12 children were present at the wedding.
  • Emma Sierk died on 15 February 1919 at age 46 in Attica, Wyoming County, New York, at Genesee Street at her residence.
  • Walter Schlenker became a widower at her death.
  • She was interred at Forest Hill Cemetery, Attica, Wyoming County, New York.
  • The following appeared on 20 February 1919 in The Attica News: The death of Mrs. Emma Schlenker, wife of Walter Schlenker of Genesee street occurred at the family home at 4 o'clock Saturday afternoon. For several days she had been suffering with a cold which developed into pneumonia. Friday morning at 4 o'clock she became unconscious, dying thirty-six hours later without regaining consciousness. As there was no physician in attendance the village health officer, Dr. W. B. Gifford, was called upon to issue the death certificate and gave the cause of death as pneumonia. She was 46 years old.
         Mrs. Schlenker was the youngest daughter of the late Henry and Elsie Sierk and was born on the Sierk homestead August 1, 1872. She had always resided in this vicinity and was a woman greatly respected and esteemed by a wide circle of friends to whom her untimely death came as a great shock. In early life, Mrs. Schlenker became a member of the Presbyterian church and had ever continued one of its faithful and exemplary communicants.
         On December 27, 1905, there was a double wedding at the Sierk homestead, when Emma Sierk, the subject of this sketch, was united in marriage to Walter Schlenker and her sister, Augusta, was married to Charles B. Johnson. For the past several years both families have resided in Attica. Besides her husband and the sister already mentioned Mrs. Schlenker is survived by six brothers and four sisters: Jacob Sierk, Exchange street road; Marcus and Fred Sierk, and Mrs. Charles Ripstein, Bennington; Henry Sierk, Mrs. John Schlenker, Creek Road; Claus Sierk, Mrs. Anthony Geise, Mrs. Anna Van Valkenburg, Attica; George Sierk, Kansas.
         The funeral was held in the family home Tuesday afternoon at 1 o'clock and was conducted by the Rev. A. E. Brigden of Rochester, a former pastor. Interment took place in Forest Hill Cemetery.
  • Last Edited: 5 Aug 2014